High seas forecast

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For the period until

Storm warnings

At 181200UTC, low 70 north 16 west 989 expected 75 north 07 west 983 by 191200UTC. Northerly winds may reach storm force 10 in the far northwest of north Iceland near the ice edge between 190300UTC and 191000UTC

General synopsis

At 181200UTC, low 70 north 16 west 989 expected 75 north 07 west 983 by 191200UTC. Low 65 north 27 west 993 slow moving, filling 1005 by same time. New low expected 49 north 45 west 990 by that time. at 181200UTC, high 54 north 42 west 1026 expected 54 north 29 west 1027 by 191200UTC. Low 51 north 20 west 1011 losing its identity

Area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Sole

Southerly backing southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in west. Moderate or rough. Rain in west. Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time. Rough. Rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time. Rough. Rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

In southeast, variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6 later. in northwest, southwesterly 4 to 6, veering northwesterly 3 to 5. Rough, occasionally very rough at first in northwest. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Southwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3, then cyclonic 4 to 6 later. Very rough becoming rough, occasionally moderate in east. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Very rough becoming rough, occasionally moderate later in north. Wintry showers, squally at first. Good, occasionally poor.

East Northern Section

In north

Southwesterly veering westerly later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 at times. Very rough, becoming rough. Sleet and snow showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

In southeast

Northeasterly 5 or 6, backing northwesterly 4 or 5. Rough. Rain at first. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

In southwest

Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less at times. Rough. Fair. Good.

West Northern Section

In north

Cyclonic mainly westerly 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time. Moderate or rough later. Sleet or snow showers at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first. Risk of occasional light icing until later near ice edge.

In south

Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in northwest, becoming variable 4, then southeasterly 5 to 7 later in far southwest. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

East Central Section

Cyclonic becoming northerly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in north, then veering easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6 later in west. Rough, occasionally moderate later in west. Rain or thundery showers with fog banks, becoming fair for a time, then rain spreading east later. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor, but becoming good for a time.

West Central Section

In southeast

Variable 2 to 4 at first in south, otherwise northeasterly 4 or 5, veering southeasterly 5 to 7 later. Rough. Rain or drizzle spreading north. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

In southwest

Northeasterly 4 to 6, veering easterly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, then southwesterly 4 to 6 later. Rough, becoming very rough later in north. Rain or drizzle spreading north. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

In northeast

Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5, veering southeasterly 5 to 7 later. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

In northwest

Variable 2 to 4, becoming easterly 4 to 6 later, then increasing 7 to severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later in south.

Denmark Strait

Cyclonic 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, decreasing 3 or 4 at times. Moderate or rough. Snow or snow showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor. Light or moderate icing at first near the ice edge, with temperatures ms02 to ms05.

North Iceland

In north

Cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in far northwest, becoming west or southwest 3 to 5 later. Rough or very rough, perhaps high for a time in northeast. Rain at first in east and north, with snow near ice edge, otherwise sleet and snow showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor. Mainly light or moderate icing with temperatures ms02 to ms05, but perhaps severe or very severe icing at times near ice edge, with temperatures ms06 to ms09.

In south

Southwesterly 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southeasterly 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Norwegian Basin

Variable 3 or 4 at times in far northwest, otherwise southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west. Rain, mainly in west. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Severe gales expected in West Central Section and north Iceland. Gales expected in both northern sections, East Central Section and Norwegian Basin.

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Storm warnings

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North Iceland.

Issued:

At 181200UTC, low 70 north 16 west 989 expected 75 north 07 west 983 by 191200UTC. Northerly winds May reach storm force 10 in the far northwest of north Iceland near the ice edge between 190300UTC and 191000UTC.